Barney's home run was a blip on the radar in the narrative of Wednesday's game, as it cut the Rockies' lead to 15-1 in the eighth inning. Still, it was his first home run with his new team after starting his Dodger career 4 of 19 in limited action. Barney has hit .235/.287/.341 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 226 at-bats.
Blackmon contributed an RBI single to an eight-run first inning and opened up the gates on the blowout with a solo home run in the third. The Rockies would score six more runs in the following three innings. Blackmon had been struggling as of late, going just 10 of 54 in September entering play Wednesday. He has hit .285/.331/.433 with 18 home runs, 70 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 561 at-bats.
Barnes reached base on an error in a pinch-hit appearance before putting the cap on an offensive explosion with his eighth-inning home run. He has hit .253/.290/.428 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 269 at-bats.
Morneau kicked off the run parade with a three-run home run in the first inning, and he would drive two more runs in on a single later in the same inning. His sixth RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Morneau is finishing an excellent rebound season in strong fashion, hitting .320/.363/.497 with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 475 at-bats.
De La Rosa (14-11) coasted to a win after his offense came through with eight runs in the first inning. It was the first time the Colorado starter didn't surrender a home run in 10 starts. He owns a 4.14 ERA and 132:63 K:BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings. De La Rosa is scheduled to face the Padres in San Diego Tuesday in what should be his final start of the season.
Frias (0-1) had given up 11 earned runs in 25 1/3 innings over 11 appearances (one start) coming into Wednesday, but the first seven batters of the game recorded hits against the starter, including a three-run home run. He was able to record outs on a caught stealing and a bunt into a fielder's choice, but three more singles got him pulled from the game in the first inning. Frias owns a 6.58 ERA and 18:4 K:BB ratio in 26 innings. He isn't currently scheduled to start again.
Zimmerman has been recovering from a hamstring injury that has prevented him from playing since July 22. He has had just 195 at-bats in 2014.
Ned Yost is blaming anxiousness rather than fatigue for the slump of
Perez has just five hits in his last 45 at-bats and has been hitless in seven of his last 11 games. His .290 on-base percentage is at its lowest point since April 23. He has a dozen strikeouts in the last 10 games.
The Yankees finish up a road trip Wednesday and will join Beltran in New York Thursday, though it's unknown if he'll be available to play. Manager Joe Girardi indicated that Beltran can take as much time as he needs to attend to the matter.
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